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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point Times New Roman; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Annals of Bangladesh Agriculture is published biannually in June and December by the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU). It publishes peer reviewed papers concerned with the advancement of agricultural sciences.

Aims and Scope
The “Annals of Bangladesh Agriculture” publishes original scientific work related to strategic and applied studies in all aspects of agricultural science including rural development as well as reviews of scientific topics of current agricultural relevance. Specific topics of interest include (but are not confined to): all aspects of crop improvement, crop management, plant protection, soil & water management, climate change & environment, socioeconomics & rural development, animal production and health care, fish improvement & hatchery management, marine resources and agro-processing. Novelty and originality of research are the criteria for manuscripts published in Annals of Bangladesh Agriculture.

Types of Papers Published
Contributions should fit one of the following categories: (i) Full-length articles, (ii) Short communications and (iii) Reviews.
Full-length articles and short communications: These should be original research findings that have not been submitted or published elsewhere.
Editor’s Note: ABA accepts Letters to the editor, a letter to the editor is a comment on research published in the journal or elsewhere.
Reviews: Reviews should summarize the current state of meta or art analysis on a topic that is unique and useful in the field of agricultural sciences.

Manuscript Submission

  1. Legal Requirements - Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all authors as well as by the responsible authorities at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.
  2. Permissions - Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.
  3. How to Submit - Manuscripts should be written in English. If the manuscript conforms to the guidelines specified in the instructions, the date received will be the date the manuscript received at the editorial office. Authors should submit their manuscripts to the Annals of Bangladesh Agriculture office (email: ) or online ( Electronic submission substantially reduces the editorial processing and reviewing times and shortens overall publication times. Please connect directly to the website and this site will give the authors guideline step by step to complete submission process.
  4. Author Contribution - Each manuscript is to be accompanied by an Author Declaration Form filled in by all authors during the first submission. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. Contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgment. Groups of persons who have contributed materially to the paper, but whose contributions do not justify authorship should be listed in the acknowledgment.

Editorial Procedure
Manuscript is subjected to go through blind pair review process. The Editorial Board reserves the right to accept or reject the manuscript for publication. The Board may advise the author to revise the manuscript according to suggestions by reviewers. A manuscript written in poor English may not be accepted regardless of its content. When revision of a manuscript has been requested, the revised manuscript should be submitted by the due date. Otherwise, the manuscript will be processed as one withdrawn from submission. The accepted date will be the day when the Editor-in-Chief has judged it to be publishable after the completion of the reviewing process.

Page Limits and Page Charges
Reviews and Full-length articles should not exceed 12 and 10 printed pages, respectively, and Short communications should be no longer than 5 printed pages. There is no page charge for publication in Annals of Bangladesh Agriculture. Color art is free of charge for online publications. For the print version, the charge for color art is TK 2000 ($25 for foreign author) for each page.

Manuscript Preparation and Submission
Double-spaced manuscripts should be written in English, printed on one side of A4 paper with 2.5 cm margins all around using the font Times New Roman, 12 point. Text of a full paper should not exceed 12 typed pages excluding photographs, tables and figures with max file size 2MB. All pages, including tables, figures, and legends, should include the author’s name and the page number at the bottom right corner for identification. Line numbers should also be included in the left margin of all papers. Manuscript should be submitted through online submission system of Annals of Bangladesh Agriculture. Manuscripts not complying with the format and style of the Journal or of unacceptable quality will be notify to the author(s). Principal/corresponding author of the articles accepted for publication have to submit signed copy copyright transfer form. Articles reporting research findings of five years old or more are not considered for publication in Ann. Bangladesh Agric.

Arrangement of the Manuscript
Title Page: The title page should include:

  • A concise and informative title
  • The name(s) of the author(s)
  • The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s)
  • The e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author

Abstract and Keywords
Abstract: Please provide an abstract of no more than 300 words for Reviews and Full-length articles and 200 words for Short communications. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.

Keywords: Please provide a maximum of six keywords not used in the title may listed beneath the abstract for indexing purposes.

Please provide a text, divided into the following sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgments, References. Authors should consult recent issues for details of style and presentation. A short communication, letter to the editor should not be divided into sections, except for References. Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages. Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions).

Heading Levels
Please use no more than three levels of displayed headings.

Abbreviations and Acronyms
Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.

Units of Measurement
Length: km, m, mm, µm, nm, etc.
Area: km2, m2, cm2, a, ha, etc are acceptable.
Capacity: kl, l (liters in the text), ml, µl, etc. Do not use lambda and italic l.
Volume: km3, m3, cm3 (not cc), mm3, etc.
Mass: Kg, g, mg, µg (not gamma), ng, pg, etc.
Time: s, min, h, day(s), week(s), month(s), year(s)
Concentration: M, mM, N, % (only after number and in tables and figures), g/l, mg/l, µg/l, ppm, ppb
Temperature: ºC
Molecular weight: mol wt
Others: Radioisotopes: 32P
Radiation dose: Bq
Oxidation-reduction potential: rH
Hydrogen ion concentration: pH
Genus and species names should be in italics. The common names of plants should not be capitalized.

Please use the standard mathematical notation for formulae, symbols etc.

Italic for single letters that denote mathematical constants, variables, and unknown quantities.

Roman/upright for numerals, operators, and punctuation, and commonly defined functions or abbreviations, e.g., cos, det, e or exp, lim, log, max, min, sin, tan, d (for derivative).

All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals. Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order. For each table, please supply a table title. The table title should explain clearly and concisely the components of the table. Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table (Table 1).

Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body. A unit of measure should be reported as the actual quantity multiplied by a power of 10 to give the reported quantity (the unit may be changed by the use of m or µ).

Table 1. Range, mean, standard error and co-efficient of variation of different characters of 31 inbred lines of sunflower





Coefficient of Variation (%)

DM (day)





PH (cm)





HD (cm)





SD (cm)





SH (no.)





SW (g)





SY (g)





DM= days to maturity, PH= plant height (cm), HD= head diameter (cm), SD= stem diameter (cm), SH= number of seeds per head, SW= seed weight per head (g), SY= Seed yield (g)

Source : Rashid et al. (2018)


All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals. Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c). If illustrations are supplied with uppercase labeling, lowercase letters will still be used in the figure legends and citations. Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order (Fig. 1 and 2). For each figure, please supply a figure legend. Make sure to identify all elements found in the figure in the legend. Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the legend. The publisher reserves the right to reduce or enlarge figures. Figure legends should be grouped together in text. Figure should submit in TIF or GIF format.

Fig. 1. The priorities of LUFs assigned by policy makers at present.

Source : Miah et al. (2018)


Fig. 2. Percentage of fish species according to the fish order in Ghaghat river.

Source : Islam et al. (2018)

Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.

The list of References should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.

Citation in Text
Cite references in the text by name and year in parentheses. Some examples:

Negotiation research spans many disciplines (Thompson, 1990).

This result was later contradicted (Becker and Seligman, 1996).

This effect has been widely studied (Shils, 1991; Liakat et al., 1995; Hossain and Smith, 1998; Medvec et al., 1993).

List Style
The reference list at the end of the paper should include only works cited in the text and should be arranged alphabetically by the last names of the first author of each work. References should be cited as follows:

Journal Article
Ayub, A., T. K. Dey, M. Jahan and M. Z. Rahman. 1996. Assessment of yield loss due to powdery mildew of blackgram. Bangladesh J. Plant Pathol. 12: 9-12.

Hill, D. S. 1787.  Agricultural Insect Pests of the Ttropics and Their Control. 2nd ed. Cambridge Univ. Press, New York, USA 746 P.

Book Chapter
Troughton, J. H. 1975. Phytoshynthetic Mechanisms in Higher Plants. Pp. 57-91.  In Cooper. J.P. (ed.) Photosynthesis and Productivity in Different Environments. Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, UK.

Online Document
Doe, J. 1999. Title of subordinate document. In: The dictionary of substances and their effects. Royal Society of Chemistry. Available via DIALOG. of subordinate document. Accessed on 15 Jan 1999.

Always use the standard abbreviation of a journal’s name according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations. If you are unsure, please use the full journal title.

Responsibility for the accuracy of bibliographic data rests entirely with the author.

Change to Authorship
All author(s) are expected to make judiciously the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript. Any change, deletion, addition or rearrangement of order of author names in the authorship list must be made only before the manuscript has been accepted. On condition that a confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the changes through corresponding author. The editor could be considered the changes after the manuscript has been accepted only in exceptional circumstances.

Copyright and Reprint permissions
The copyright of the articles published by Annals of Bangladesh Agriculture (ABA) are solely retained by the Authors. All the articles are under open-access license, and are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-NC 4.0). ABA is committed to open access publishing as a means to foster the exchange of research among scientists, especially across disciplines. Thus, the articles remain accessible to all without charge and without technical or legal barriers, provided that the original work is properly cited. It is the responsibility of the submitting authors to secure prior permission for reusing any materials having copyright included in the published manuscript.

Authors who publish in the Annals of Bangladesh Agriculture agree to the following terms that:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the Annals of Bangladesh Agriculture the right of first publication of the work.
  2. Creative Commons Licence
    Articles in the Annals of Bangladesh Agriculture are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0). This license permits Share— copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material as long as it is not for commercial purposes.

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(Updated: 25 February 2020)